Reps. Lofgren and Swalwell Applaud Armed Services Committee Support for Fusion Research Facilities

May 7, 2014
Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representatives Zoe Lofgren (CA-19) and Eric Swalwell (CA-15) applauded a decision by the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) to remove a provision in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would cut funding and reduce academic access to the National Ignition Facility (NIF) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and the Z-machine at Sandia National Laboratories. An amendment to restore access and funding was led by HASC members Representatives Loretta Sanchez (CA-46) and John Garamendi (CA-3). Swalwell and Lofgren worked to ensure this harmful provision was removed during the Committee's consideration of NDAA.    
"NIF is engaged in some of the most important scientific research being undertaken by the United States today, especially in light of the overwhelming science on the challenges climate change poses for our future," said Rep. Lofgren.  "NIF's research into fusion has led to new breakthroughs and the support being shown for the facility's work by the Congress underscores the importance we place on continuing their promising efforts."  
"Science was the victor today as we removed a provision that would have impeded progress in the important fields of fusion and clean energy development at our national labs," said Rep. Swalwell, who represents Livermore, CA. "I thank Congresswoman Sanchez and Congressman Garamendi for their efforts in the House Armed Services Committee to assure the U.S. remains at the forefront of this critical research."